Originally Posted by egokun
You know what, the IM70 is growing on me.
I'm actually starting to like the memory cable. It is quite a nuisance if you use the IEM outside a lot, because I guess that in that case, you're probably constantly reshaping the cable. But I'm using the IM70 almost exclusively at home, and if I take it outside, I wear it before getting out of the house.
And thanks to the memory cable, I'm starting to realize that IEMs really are best worn with the cable splitter behind your head. This provides better stability, less strain on the cable, less chances of losing the fit. I found it works with the Senn IE8, too, which is just hell to keep in my ears otherwise.
As for sound: bass impact on the IM70 is typical Audio Technica (the models that do have bass, he he). The bass isn't boomy and it doesn't have the body of a Sennheiser's, but boy, the impact. This bass just hits. It's not warm, but it's powerful. I'll have to admit that at higher volumes, it may be even too much.
Oh yeah, volume. It's not easy to find the right volume for the IM70 on an iPod. The IM70 is crazy sensitive. The lowest volume on an iPod is not low enough for quietly relaxing before sleep. If you happen to have a Nintendo 3DS XL, you might have had trouble getting satisfying volume from it, even with IEMs. Well, the IM70 is the solution. Not that it gets too loud, but definitely louder than most.
The highs could probably reach a bit further, but at least there's no sibilance. None at all.
All things considered, I'm pretty satisfied with the IM70. Great fit, good sound, great clarity. The only drawback is that the IM70 is perhaps a little too balanced to provide the most engaging or the most intimate sound. It shines with rock, but with other genres, it's "merely" good. But at that price, who can complain? Low-price IEMs have come a long way in the 10 years I've been into IEMs. Now you can have mid-tier quality at a price that used to be not enough for entry-levels. The bar has definitely been raised in the low end.